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System Climate Survey asks Clarion University students, faculty and staff to use their voices and share their overall experiences at the University as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The goal of this survey is to see how all campus stakeholders experience their university learning and working environment in classrooms, at social events, and in the surrounding community. The survey will help inform Clarion University and the PASSHE system on how the campuses measure up to fostering diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging.

All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to participate in the Spring 2022 Campus Climate Survey taking place
January 31, 2022- March 4, 2022

Clarion Survey Incentives

We strongly encourage EVERYONE to participate. The first 250 students to complete the survey will receive a PennWest tee shirt. We are also offering the following incentives to encourage your participation.  Every Friday, a list is received of students that have completed the survey.  Student names will be entered into an electronic raffle to select the winners.  Winners will receive an email notice of the prize. 

Student Incentives - Drawings

  • Week 1 & 2 Incentives - Drawing on Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Week 3 Incentives -Drawing on Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Week 4 Incentives – Drawing on Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Week 5 Incentives - Drawing on Friday, March 4, 2022
  • $200 Amazon Gift Card – (Grand Prize- 1 drawing including everyone who completed the survey)
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card – (1 per drawing/4 total)
  • $50 Walmart Gift Card - (1 per drawing/4 total)
  • $50 Clarion Bookstore Gift Card - (1 per drawing/4 total)
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card – (3 per first drawing and one per remaining drawings/6 total)
  • $25 Applebee’s Gift Card – (3 per first drawing and one per remaining drawings/6 total)
  • $25 Subway Gift Card – (3 per first drawing and one per remaining drawings/6 total)
  • $25 Taco Bell Gift Card – (3 per first drawing and one per remaining drawings/6 total)
  • $25 Eat’n Park Gift Cards – (1 per drawing/4 total)

Clarion University is committed to and accountable for cultivating an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We strive to create a community that affirms the identities of every individual and affords them dignity and respect, regardless of difference. Diversity and inclusion is intrinsic to the University’s Mission and Vision Statements.


What is a Campus Climate Survey?

A: Clarion University will administer a university-wide climate survey to all students, staff, faculty and administrators from January 31-March 4, 2022.  This provides an important opportunity for everyone at the University to share their voices and experiences as we assess our progress and continually strive to foster a campus community where we all thrive and share a sense of belonging.

This survey is part of a systemwide effort of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and includes all 14 PASSHE university, as well as staff within the State System Office. 

Climate Surveys assess how different individuals and groups experience various environments at their university, including: the classroom, social events, and the surrounding community. The survey will provide evidence that helps us understand whether, how, and for whom universities and the PASSHE system are (not) promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments as well as what can be done to improve these environments, both at the university and system level.

Who is distributing the Campus Climate Survey?

A: To ensure that survey participants remain anonymous, Viewfinder, a third-party vendor, will be distributing the Climate Survey to all faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Participation is voluntary. 

When the survey launches on January 31, 2022, all faculty, staff, administrators, and students should expect an email from Viewfinder. Anyone not receiving this email should check their spam folder.

How often does Clarion University conduct Campus Climate Surveys?

A:  Many universities administer a campus climate survey every 3-5 years. Clarion University conducted a climate survey in the Spring of 2019 and 2021.  A climate survey serves as a snapshot in time to assess and compare perceptions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging over time, as well as address needed areas of improvement and engagement. Participating in the PASSHE Climate Survey will allow us share and compare findings and tools for engagement across our fourteen campuses.

Why are all 14 state university campuses, include Clarion University, conducting a common climate survey at this time?

A: One of the five priorities in the State System's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy Framework is Inclusive Communities. The Systemwide Climate Survey is a key way that inclusivity of our university and system communities will be measured. The survey allows us to:

(a) assess current strengths and challenge with university and system climate;

(b) understand why and how those strengths and challenges exist and can be improved; and

(c) measure the impact of future campus and system-level initiatives to promote inclusive communities.

While many campuses have conducted their own climate surveys, there has never been a Systemwide Climate Survey conducted across the State System. This will allow us to see—for the first time—trends within and across universities, which will establish a baseline for each university. This data allows the State System and university leadership to use evidence to support and measure the impact of initiatives and systemic changes within and across universities.

How will the climate survey benefit Clarion University?

A: Findings from the campus climate survey will be used to understand areas of growth and to make any needed improvements that foster and promote more inclusive environments which facilitate the success of our students, employees, and campus community.  

How will the data from the University’s Campus Climate Survey be shared with and/or used by the universities?

A: The staff at Viewfinder will provide the anonymous data and a summary report to show overall averages and trends.  The data will be disaggregated by demographics such as race and ethnicity; gender; and role (e.g., student, faculty, staff). The findings will also be posted on this website and shared through open forum presentations and discussions with the campus community to further identify areas of progress, areas to address, and next steps. 

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Last Updated 2/10/22